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HOW GOOD ARE YOUR EYES?

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I know this post isn't DENTAL, sorry!

But I got this as an email forward (which I usually delete immediately) & it was too cool not to share!

Also, as a detail oriented person, I was shocked that I've seen ALL of these logos before and have never picked up on any of their intended details - except for the last one. So again, I had to share.
I was 1 for 8.  
How do you fare?













WHY MY DENTURES (DON'T) SUCK - PART 3

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Part 3: Precision Denture Processing

Remember those dental material science classes?  In my day, Duane Taylor described polymerization shrinkage - its that pesky process by which our materials shrink dimensionally during their setting reactions.  This shrinkage impacts daily restorative procedures such as composite placement.  We have all developed techniques to allow for this by using some sort of layering techniques when filling teeth.
Polymerization shrinkage is particularly vexing during denture processing.  As dentures are processed, this shrinkage typically “draws” the intaglio away from the palate and additionally can pull teeth lingually.  This directly affects tissue adaptation and denture occlusion
 The amount of distortion varies depending on many factors: -  brand and quality of denture acrylic -
-  proper mixing of acrylic per manufacturer’s instructions -
- proper work flow including processing flasks, boil out tanks, etc -
- skill and experience of technician -

In a worst cas…

THE ROBOT IN THE WORKFORCE

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After giving a lab tour to a couple of dental students the other day, I caught myself drifting off on the familiar topic of  MAN vs MACHINE...
When you see all the shiny moving parts of the scanners, millers and printers, you can't help but to ask the same question as most - "how many people's jobs have these replaced?"



And let me tell you how satisfying it is to say NONEevery time!  If you read one of our previous blogs on digital, we touched on this topic a bit - that technology isn't magic and still needs brainpower to operate it. And that we take pride in not getting rid of old techniques and skills, but up-cycling them into other areas where they can be honed and refined. The same goes for technicians - hand waxers can become CAD/CAM designers with a stylus in hand.

As I drifted further, I became curious about other professions and how they may have changed over time. Check out this article I found and how there was a time when taxi drivers thought their j…

NEED C.E CREDIT HOURS?

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Waiting until the last possible second to get your credits in? Dreading committing your weekend / free time for 'work stuff'?
We know the feeling.
It's just...
ONE OF THOSE THINGS... that you don't seem to want to do simply because someone told you that you HAVE to. But it's like waking up early to hit the gym - we all know its not so bad once you get over the initial hump, and just commit!
So here ya go! If you need CE hours anytime soon - don't wait until the last second - we think this is a great one for you! Go ahead...COMMIT!

The cool thing about this one is that there are a few different options for you to choose from - even knock a couple out at once. 

Better yourself; better your business - we can all give a little free time for that!


WHY MY DENTURES (DON'T) SUCK PT II

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Part 2
Options for Final Impressions
by Drake's on-staff Dentist - Larry R. Holt, DDS, FICD

WELCOME BACK! Hopefully by now you have a good understanding of critical edentulous anatomy. This entry will focus on selecting the correct tray to use for capturing said anatomy.
We all remember dental school and the initial alginate impression with over extended borders; sending that to the lab and having a custom tray fabricated.  This is still a sound method to having an appropriate tray to use, probably the gold standard.  Be sure when you use this work flow that you take some time and draw in your desired borders for the custom tray that is to be fabricated on your overextended model.  I like to have these borders slightly short so there is room to do some border molding.
A relatively recent innovation on the market is heat malleable stock trays that are specifically made for edentulous arches.  There are multiple manufacturers of these trays.  I have used several of them with success.  Whe…

WHY MY DENTURES (DON'T) SUCK

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Part 1 Edentulous Anatomy & What’s Important to Capture   by Drake's on-staff Dentist - Larry R. Holt, DDS, FICD
Have you ever suffered that sinking feeling when you deliver an upper denture and instead of making a satisfying suction sound, it just follows your hand back out of the mouth?   Well, you're not alone.
It happens to everyone.
And I plan to write in our blog until I have shared 
every.
last.
drop.
of information that I know on how to make good dentures and avoid those headaches.


It’s always best to start at the beginning.  Do a thorough intraoral exam of the patient and eliminate any possible pathology.  Once that’s out of the way, take a look at their existing dentures.  How are the borders?  Are they short?  Does the patient have decent suction with their current denture?  How much adhesive have they become addicted to?  First things first, if a patient is totally addicted to denture adhesives, don’t paint yourself into a corner by creating unrealistic expectations.  Th…

THE LOWDOWN ON DIGITAL

None of us can deny the digital days that we live in. This blog wasn't written on a scroll.  As far as the dental industry is concerned, what does this mean for us?
As a lab, there are a couple things that we can say for sure:
1) DIGITAL DOESN'T MAKE MAGIC Yes, wands work wonders!  They eliminate impression material expense, mess, and fluids. However, the general skill required in capturing tissue detail is still needed.  In crown prep, you still have to pack cord.  If not enough of the opposing and adjacent teeth are captured in the scan, we'll still call you for another impression as the integrity of the final product will most likely be compromised.  Scanning software won’t work for you if you expect it to work for you.
2) DIGITAL IS EXPENSIVE On top of the initial buying price of up to $49,000, you've got data package subscriptions and software updates ranging from $500 to $4000 per year.  Those numbers can be quite an investment for a business of any size.  Does expensive…